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Model: Mass. to reach almost 10,000 coronavirus deaths within weeks

The state continues to edge toward the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths due to the coronavirus.

A University of Massachusetts model suggests the state’s tally could stand at 9,991 coronavirus deaths by Nov. 7, though researchers noted the numbers could range between 9,859 and 10,187.

Last week, the model had suggested the state would see 9,967 deaths a week earlier, by Oct. 31.

The model numbers reflect both confirmed and probable coronavirus deaths. The state had tallied 9,630 confirmed and probable deaths as of Tuesday.

The rate of deaths reported each day has declined after a terrifying climb this spring. The model projects it will continue to decline gradually in the next few weeks. But the heartbreaking numbers have not gone to zero.

The model also projects a gradual decline in confirmed and probable coronavirus cases. Governor Charlie Baker has acknowledged a recent rise in cases, but says the state

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AR-15-style rifle mass shooting unlicensed gun dealer

For years, Marcus Braziel took his customers at their word when they showed up with wads of cash to buy one of the customized AR-15-style rifles he advertised for sale on the internet.



a close up of a weapon: The AR-15-style rifle sold by an unlicensed gun dealer and used in a mass shooting last year.


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The AR-15-style rifle sold by an unlicensed gun dealer and used in a mass shooting last year.

If they said there was no legal reason to prevent them from owning a gun, Braziel said, that was good enough for him. He saw no need for obtaining a license and conducting formal criminal background checks.

But that was before federal agents showed up at his door in Lubbock, Texas, and told him they’d traced one of his weapons to a mass shooter.

“I wanted to vomit,” Braziel recalled in an exclusive interview with CNN. “My life has not been the same since. I will be forever sorry.”

Braziel, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday in

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Exchange Whiskey Bar opens on Mass Ave.

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Mass Ave. has a new drinking spot, with an old vibe.

The Exchange Whiskey Bar opens Wednesday at the Hammond Block building at 301 Massachusetts Ave. with more than 180 whiskeys and craft cocktails and a Prohibition-era theme.

The speakeasy-style bar is from Prime Hospitality Group, owners of seven Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses, including two in Indianapolis, and the 7-year-old Exchange Whiskey Bar in South Bend.

Developed with a feel that’s warm and cozy, with overstuffed furniture and dark colors, the bar aims to attract all comers — couples on dates, girls out on the town, business travelers and folks looking for an after-work drink.

Exchange Whiskey Bar opens at the Hammond Block Building on Mass. Ave. (Photo: Prime Hospitality Group)

“Hopefully, we’ll fit the bill with any type of beverages someone would want,”

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UMass model predicts Mass. death tally to rise near 9,800 in four weeks

A University of Massachusetts model predicts the state’s coronavirus death toll could rise near 9,800 by Oct. 24.

The model says the state could tally 9,769 coronavirus deaths by that time, though researchers noted the number could range from 9,633 to 9,997.

The model numbers reflect both confirmed and probable cases. The state had tallied 9,423 confirmed and probable case deaths as of Tuesday.

The rate of deaths reported each day has slowed after a terrifying climb this spring. The model predicts the state will continue to see around 90 coronavirus deaths a week in the coming weeks.

The projection comes from a lab headed by UMass Amherst associate professor Nicholas Reich that collects various models and develops a combined forecast that is intended to reflect their collective wisdom.

It only creates the forecast for a four-week window ahead because scientists believe forecasts aren’t reliable enough after that.

Reich’s lab

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